Bath Magic

February 26, 2010 at 7:00 am 3 comments

I love taking baths. I LOVE it. If I had less self-control, I might take two or three baths a day. When I lived in an apartment with a claw-foot tub, I sometimes did.

Usually though, I take showers. Showers are quick and easy, but also a little more labor-intensive, and seldom very relaxing. That’s why, when I have the house to myself like I did last night, I almost always take a bath.

I was a little hesitant though, because I wasn’t really dirty. I’d taken a shower in the morning, but the allure of an uninterrupted hour in the tub with a glass of wine and a book was too tempting to pass up. I was, however, worried about the drying effect so much bathing would have on my skin. I kind-of hate putting on lotion or body oil, and so I hardly ever do it unless I’m feeling really indulgent. Or scaly.

And then I remembered the super-best-most-amazing bath trick that anyone ever told me: add oil to the bathwater. The oil coats your skin thinly and evenly so when you get out, you’re perfectly moisturized. Oddly, this piece of information was gleaned at a recent Superbowl party. From a fifty-something male heterosexual construction worker.

In spite of his six or seven minutes of solid raving about his new favorite way to moisturize after a bath, I’d forgotten the tip. Until tonight. And now I see what the fuss was all about- gender, age, and personality types aside. This bath experience was transcendent. I will never take a bath without oiling the water ever again.

Tonight I used a mix of sweet almond and eucalyptus oils. Then, just for the sheer decadence of it, I de-petaled some of my drooping Valentine’s Day roses into the water. I slathered my face with Queen Helene Mint Julep Facial Mask (still one of the best and least-expensive skin-care products on the market) and slipped into the tub. Add a glass of wine and a book, and … voila! Bath magic. It was like going to a spa. Only without the heavy price tag or the whole getting-naked-in-front-of-strangers thing.

And my skin IS perfectly moisturized. Not  greasy, not itchy and tight. I’m sure it’s an old idea, but I lived almost a third of a century before I encountered it, so I thought I’d share it. If you like to bathe- DO THIS!



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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ruby  |  February 26, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I will try it, but I have a question: Doesn’t that make the tub slippery afterwards? A bath can be relaxing but it would make it a lot less relaxing if I knew I would havr to scrub the tub immediately afterwards…

  • 2. Emerald  |  February 26, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Hmm. I don’t know- let me go check…nope. Doesn’t seem especially slippery to me. I only put in about 2 tablespoons of oil. I guess it could build up over time, but I don’t think it would need an immediate scrub-down.

  • 3. Ruby  |  February 26, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Sounds good, then. Man, I could use any tips on how not to turn into an actual iguana from living in the driest most hostile environment known to man……


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